Monday, 22 May 2017

General Election 2017 #NotThe33

You might have noticed that we are hurtling towards a General Election. On the 8th of June the polling stations be will open from 7am until 10pm for you to vote. However at the last general election in 2015 a whopping 33.9% of people did not turn out to vote.  That is a huge number.

It is common to think that your vote doesn't count, that it won't make a difference if you don't go. But when you realise that athe the recent local elections a seat in South Blyth had to be decided by drawing straws because of a tie you can see that every vote really does matter. Even spoilt ballots count towards the turnout percentage, and they are a way of showing that you care but have no faith in the candidates standing. I have been told that comments written on the spoilt ballots are often read by the candidates too.

I have had the chance to vote in a few elections now and I have always made sure I use my vote. Over the years my situation has changed from student, to single working woman to a mother. Along with that my priorities for a government have changed too.
I do try to keep my eye on what is happening politically but will admit to feeling a bit underwhelmed by politics at the moment. I did briefly think 'here we go again' when Theresa May announced there was to be a general election. It has after all only been two years once the last one plus we had the Brexit vote last year. But I will be there on polling day, I take the boys along with me (children are very welcome) and tell them exactly what is happening. I vote because I really believe that every vote does make a difference. I don't want to be in the 33%. I want my children to grow up knowing that they do have  a voice and they should use it.

Today is the last chance to register to vote in the General Election. If you haven't registered you can head over and do so before 11.59pm.

If you want to find out a bit more about the different parties and what they stand for head over to the Election 2017 section on BBC News site for the latest updates.

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